Found April 03, 2013 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kirk Muller says its about time his team is rewarded for its recent work. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 10 games and are falling further from the playoff picture. The teams saving grace, however, is that they play in the fledgling Southeast Division, which may have just one team qualify for the playoffs this season: Its champion. So for the 'Canes, who lost 5-3 to division foe Washington on Tuesday night at PNC Arena, the focus is more on winning the division. Of course, that requires winning games first. Tuesday was a classic example of how things are going more often than not of late. Carolina was the better team throughout the game but in the end it didnt factor in the result. Washington had just 19 shots on goal to Carolinas 34, though the Capitals five goals came on their first 11 shot attempts. But a medley of ill-timed unforced turnovers that led to scoring opportunities for the Capitals, of which they responded at least twice,...
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